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Tom Sykes will ride alongside Chris Vermeulen and Joan Lascorz essentially forming a three-man WSBK effort for KRT. The team, being run by the Paul Bird Motorsports squad once more, will be using the all-new Ninja ZX-10R.

Broc Parkes and David Salom will be running in World Supersport for the Kawasaki Provec Motocard.com team, competing on the well-proven Ninja ZX-6R.

Sykes, like Vermeulen, has been retained for the 2011 Superbike World Championship season, as part of a determined attack on the title with the new Ninja ZX-10R. He is already taking part in an extensive winter test programme, including the current track outings at Aragon in Spain. Vermeulen will start his second season with the factory Kawasaki after he finishes his rehabilitation from reconstructive surgery on his right knee. Promoted from the Supersport division, rising star Lascorz is preparing himself for his latest challenge, in the Superbike class, after several successful seasons for the Spanish rider in WSS racing.

Tom Sykes: “It’s great to be staying with Kawasaki as a manufacturer and ride for the Paul Bird team again for 2011. We have done some good work together this year and exceeded some of our expectations, so it is nice to stay with PBM Kawasaki team in what will be an important year for us all. The new bike is already showing massive potential in testing and we have a lot of sessions planned through the winter. Roll on 2011!”

Chris Vermeulen: “I am working hard to get ready for next year. Kawasaki has been great; they have stood behind me and given me great support. With three riders Kawasaki is keen to move forward and Tom did a great job on the 2010 bike at the end of the year. It is all good to see, and I have already had a close look at the new bike. It looks cool and it certainly seems to be working well already. It’s exciting and I can’t wait to get on the new bike.”

Joan Lascorz: “It’s my dream to continue my relationship with Kawasaki and now I have the chance to ride in World Superbike, on an exciting new machine. I am recovering well from the injuries I picked up in Silverstone and I am looking forward to getting on the Superbike as soon as I can. I want to say thank you to Kawasaki for the help and support and I hope to repay them with good results in my rookie year in WSBK racing.”

Paul Risbridger: World Superbike Team Manager: “I think we have a great mixture of riders, with different backgrounds, different skills, different styles and they will each bring their own approach to the new bike. I think that will not only help us develop it faster, but it should give us an edge from track-to-track. Sometimes maybe one rider will be the stronger at one circuit, then another rider will be stronger at another circuit, and so on through the year. We are very pleased with the 2011 bike and it has been performing well in testing.”

In Supersport Parkes, already confirmed as a 2011 rider for the Kawasaki Provec Motocard.com team, will be joined by Spanish rider Salom. David has much experience in this class and is thrilled to be in a factory squad with the strong recent track record enjoyed by Kawasaki.

Broc Parkes: “It’s a great feeling to be riding for Kawasaki in 2011 and we have already done good work in testing, finding new set-ups to take forward to next year. This is a great opportunity for me and both the bike and team are well proven in this class. We will be a strong package together in 2011.”

David Salom: “I'm very happy with the opportunity. I know many riders want to ride the official Ninja ZX-6R so I am a little lucky to be the one chosen. I hope my experience in World Supersport can be a good point to add to the team and next year improve my results a little. I want to say thanks to Kawasaki and Motocard.com for giving me this great opportunity.”

Guim Roda: World Supersport Team Manager: "We decided that David Salom should be the team mate for Broc next year. He has enough experience, and the correct attitude to understand the opportunity he will have. He will listen and learn to the advice offered by the team. That way he will find the maturity in his riding style to fight for the podium every race. We are all ready to go for Championship next year.”

Ichiro Yoda: KME Racing Manager: “We believe that three riders giving information inside the PBM team will speed up the process of developing the all-new Ninja ZX-10R, and help tune up the new bike’s potential very quickly! Then, obviously, we hope to be highly competitive from the very beginning of next season. For WSS, we are very happy to work with Broc Parkes, who was ex-WSB rider for us, and along with David Salom there is a big racing passion and high motivation to succeed next year. We feel confidence with them and the Provec team management to achieve our target of winning that championship.”
 

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great news! hopefully kawi can find just an ounce of luck and all the riders are able to stay healthy this season (relatively speaking)
 

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They should have dropped Vermuelen if they had a chance. His knee is going to continue to give him problems. We need someone to win and not make excuses that he's not 100%. Kawasaki needs to get some top riders on the ZX10R. KHI needs to pay the cash and get someone who has the drive and hunger to make it happen.
 

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In Vermuelen's defense he rode the shit outta the bike and thats what causeed him to crash, Im not a big fan of his because that mole on his face scares me but he is a pretty good rider. The chasis last year was just dreadful and he did what he could, There is no coincidence Kawi was dead last through almost all the races last year. But Vermuelen should be given a chance to prove himself on a better zx10
 

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out of the 3 riders they have VERMULEAN will in fact end up wiht more points than the other 2 riders, and most likley the only one of them on the podium...You obviously don't know much about the guy?

I do feel kawi will now be capable of consistant top 10 finishes, but without a race with rain or some key riders going down, it is all on Vermulean to get the bike on top of the podium. Expect the aprilia's and ducati to truly kick some ass! and fabrizio on the Suzuki will be taking some podiums as well.
 

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I would like to see kawi have a better season than bmw. Bmw has experienced riders and a awsome bike, but can hardly finish in poll position. Just to see kawasaki have a better season than bmw's two rookie seasons will say enough for me as far as the "king of the crop".
 

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They should have dropped Vermuelen if they had a chance. His knee is going to continue to give him problems. We need someone to win and not make excuses that he's not 100%. Kawasaki needs to get some top riders on the ZX10R. KHI needs to pay the cash and get someone who has the drive and hunger to make it happen.
Really? An opinion but a bad one....
 

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I'm not a big vermeulen fan but he is a) former WSBK champ and b) they did give him a contract, kawasaki is usually good about sticking by their riders. case in point: tom sykes getting a factory ride on a 3rd bike. very cool move by the green company.
 

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First test with the 2011 bikes.

1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1'58.0
2. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'58.6
3. Haslam (BMW) 1'59.0
4. Fabrizio (Suzuki) 1'59.2
5. Camier (Aprilia) 1'59.2
6. Corser (BMW) 1'59.3
7. Haga (Aprilia) 1'59.6
8. Fuijwara (Kawasaki) 2'00.2

Checa did 1,58,3 on the first day.

Looks very good for Kawa! Time will show :)
 

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First test with the 2011 bikes.

1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1'58.0
2. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'58.6
3. Haslam (BMW) 1'59.0
4. Fabrizio (Suzuki) 1'59.2
5. Camier (Aprilia) 1'59.2
6. Corser (BMW) 1'59.3
7. Haga (Aprilia) 1'59.6
8. Fuijwara (Kawasaki) 2'00.2

Checa did 1,58,3 on the first day.

Looks very good for Kawa! Time will show :)
:thumbsup: I was just about to post the same #s. Looks very good that a brand new bike 6 tenths of a second from the top. It'll only get better.
 

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Let's keep the ol' fingers crossed that we can be in and stay in the hunt this coming season.....
 

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